paratroopers and six iraqi army soldiers, captain schiller's unit came under small arms fire during a canal cleaning operation. captain schiller was killed in action on november 16, 2006. he has earned the bronze star, the purple heart, the meritorious service medal, the army commendation medal, the national defense service medal, the iraqi campaign medal, global war on terrorism service medal, army service ribbon, the army ranger tab, expert infantryman badge, master parachutist badge and he graduated as the honor graduate from his reconnaissance and surveillance leadership course. captain schiller also qualified for the army commendation medal. i knew rhett schiller. he was young man coming out of waterford, wisconsin, and racine county, idealistic and patriotic.